Environmental impact statements (EISs) are being prepared for Westway Terminal Company and Imperium Renewables proposed bulk liquid storage facility expansions at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam. Ecology and the City of Hoquiam are co-lead agencies for these environmental reviews, being conducted under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
These projects are separate and each will have its own EIS. The co-leads have agreed to conduct some parts of the EIS process jointly, such as scoping meetings, to be more efficient.
Study phase for environmental review
An important purpose of an EIS is to provide the public and agencies with information about the effects of a proposal. These environmental reviews are in the study phase. The agencies and consultant will collect information on the affected environment, analyze the likely impacts from the proposals, and determine if the impacts can be mitigated. The information gathered in this study phase will be used to develop draft EISs.
Click to enlarge process diagram.
The completion of the draft EISs will be an important milestone in the process — at that point the SEPA co-lead agencies will ask for public comments. As part of our long-range planning, we anticipate the Draft EISs will be released for public comment in summer 2015, but no specific dates have been set. To be notified when this happens, please sign up to receive emails from our LISTSERV.
After public comments are considered and any revisions made, final EISs will be issued. After that, the permitting process may begin.
About environmental review
An EIS is an information document. The environmental review process is neither a decision nor a permit. It is not a “yes” or “no” about a project. The EIS will inform decisions made by agencies who are asked to make permit decisions.
Public Involvement Opportunities
Public input is a very important part of the SEPA process and there are several opportunities for individuals or organizations to submit their comments on the Westway and Imperium proposals.
- During scoping, April 10 to May 27, 2014.
- When the Draft EISs are published. There will be public hearing(s) and public comment periods on the Draft EISs. Comments received on the Draft EISs will be included in the Final EISs along with responses from the co-lead agencies.
- During the permit application review processes of state and local agencies. These processes can begin after the EIS processes are complete.
- For more information about SEPA reviews, please see the Citizens Guide to SEPA Review and Commenting.
Scoping period from April 10 to May 27, 2014
The first step in the EIS process is called scoping. Co-lead agencies ask other agencies, tribes, local communities, organizations, and the public to comment on what should be analyzed in an EIS. After considering comments, the co-lead agencies will decide what should be included in a draft EIS.
Though the proposals are separate, the agencies held a joint scoping comment period.
Two public scoping meetings were held.
- April 24: Hoquiam High School Commons , 501 W. Emerson Avenue, Hoquiam WA
- April 29: Centralia High School Commons, 813 Eshom Road, Centralia WA
Meeting display materials
Meeting ground rules
For information on other proposed crude by rail facilities in Grays Harbor please see: Grays Harbor Rail Terminal (GHRT) project
Westway Terminal Company
Imperium Terminal Services
Port of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor county at at 46.9711N/ 123.8544W
Region: Southwest Regional Office (SWRO)
Ecology Point of Contact:
Southwest Regional Office
Department of Ecology
To receive email updates, join our listserv
April 4, 2014 Environmental reviews begin soon for proposed expansion projects in Grays Harbor